…a Special Session began.
Blame Senator Wendy Davis. Or, thank Wendy Davis. I suppose it depends on which side of the aisle you spend your time. Or, which side of the education issue you serve your loyalties.
As the twilight of the legislative session was coming to a close, in a stunning, out of the blue moment, Senator Wendy Davis from Fort Worth prevented the State of Texas from passing the constitutionally mandated balanced budget by staging a 79 minute filibuster to stall the legislature, letting time expire, and forcing the legislature into a special session.
Davis simply wanted the education bill that was being considered in the budget to have a thorough look by the legislature. Most people do not understand school funding — some of these people include the legislators that represent us. Davis felt that the legislature should at least understand why education is losing $4 billion before they cast a single vote on the bill. How is that for logic? Governor Perry disagreed.
“We come here to work,” an irritated Perry said Monday as it was becoming clear that Davis had killed an off-kilter school finance bill with a late-Sunday filibuster. “We don’t come here to show horses.”
Remember, this is coming from a governor that felt sonogram and voter ID bills were “emergency legislation” instead of school funding or fixing the structural tax deficit that caused the shortfall in the first place. Not to mention that Governor Perry now has to spend another 30 days in Austin instead of on the presidential campaign trail. Senator Davis just put a kink in his summer plans.
Sadly, there are too many people in this state that just did not see that importance of what Senator Davis brought to the state.
Here are some comments from the Fort Worth Star Telegram:
IW - “Mo Money for education. We need more football Taj Mahall’s , administrators, Pre K (babysitting). Builder Bob Superintendents. The drop out rate will never change.”
LesleyPezley - “Teachers are overpaid. Most make $50K plus great benefits for a PART-TIME job.”